With the second-annual Philly Wine Week poised to kick off on Sunday, Team ProTip has got wine on our minds – and we’re here to let you pick our brains and explore our tailored itinerary, with stops all week long at some of our favorite places to savor a glass. Get your grape on:
Sun, 3/22: A wine lover’s gotta eat, and there’s no better place in town to do so – while enjoying delicious wines from guests Morten and Lisa Hallgren of New York’s Ravines Wine Cellars – than Fork, where Chef Eli Kulp will prepare and serve an hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a four-course wine dinner. The evening begins at 6 p.m., and is $95 per person; reservations are strongly recommended.
Mon, 3/23: Wine Week is all about rare gems, and Tria’s got a doozy today for “Madeira Monday”: 1989 D’Oliveiras Vintage Sercial Madeira, which they’re pairing with luscious two-year-aged Boerenkaas Gouda cheese. This pour was 26 years in the making, and quantities are extremely limited, so guests will be restricted to one serving of Madeira each; get there early to beat the crowds and be sure you get a taste of the same type of wine allegedly used to toast the Declaration of Independence.
Tue, 3/24: During Wine Week, Zavino beefs up their already generous selection with special Premium Pours in 3 oz. and 6 oz. sizes. Offerings will vary by availability, and may include Duckhorn’s standard-bearing 2011 Cab and Podero Luigi Einaudi’s lush 2004 Barolo. Treat yourself: complement one of their affordable hand-made pastas with a decadent 6-oz. pour of today’s wine. Or two.
Wed, 3/25: Wine Week is in full swing, so it’s time to take on a crawl. Start at a.bar, where sommelier Mariel Wega will celebrate Muscadet Madness all day long, featuring a $22 flight of mineral-y Muscadet goodness paired with oysters, a perfect light lunch or afternoon snack. Then, meander east to Fork, where the bar will feature a Barolo & Barbaresco Flight paired with complimentary bites from Chef Eli Kulp, available at the bar at 5 p.m. Finish your day with a quick jaunt north to Bardot, where guest Tim Kweeder will be pouring sherries and sherry cocktails paired with appetizers and desserts throughout the evening.
Thu, 3/26: Today, a crew of top sommeliers will be criss-crossing the city, and you’re invited to join for some or all of the fun: start with lunch at a.kitchen, where Mariel Wega will be joined by natural wine advocate and author Alice Feiring and The Artisan’s Cellar’s Megan Storm for a one-hour Q&A session beginning at 12:30 p.m.; head south for dinner at Townsend at 7 p.m., where Wega, Storm and Feiring, plus Volver’s Gordana Kostovski and The Good King’s Chloe Grigri will join sommelier Lauren Harris for a five-course pairing dinner from James Beard semifinalist Chef Townsend Wentz; then, join whoever is still standing for a late-night happy hour beginning at 11 p.m. at The Good King.
Fri, 3/27: Settle in at a single location tonight for Murder in Paris, an interactive murder-mystery dinner at Paris Wine Bar. For $70 per person ($80 at the door, subject to availability), you’ll enjoy a lively cocktail reception followed by a three-course wine pairing dinner from Chef Michael McNally and a campy, engaging murder mystery presented by the talented improv performers of Blue Suede Productions. It all starts at 6:15 p.m.
Sat, 3/28: Make like the French and let wine fuel a night of revelry at Bardot, where owner Dennis Hewlett will host a Serge Gainsbourg Showcase from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. with a DJ spinning the legendary artist’s tunes on vinyl, plus a featured, to-be-announced French vineyard supplying all the wine a dancer could desire at the bar. Chef Rhett Vellner will prepare dinner specials, as well. Black eyeliner, pouty expression and half-smoked cigarette not included (but encouraged!)
Sun, 3/29: Finish the week like a good student at Tria’s Sunday School, where “professor” Lopez de Heredia means a 5-oz. pour of 2005 “Gravonia” Rioja Blanco for the ridiculously affordable price of just $9. One glass per student, please, available from 12 noon until late night while supplies last. Stop by and raise a glass to a successful Philly Wine Week 2015.
In This ProTip:
a.kitchen and a.bar (135 South 18th Street, 215-825-7030)
Bardot (447 Poplar Street, 267-639-4761)
Fork (306 Market Street, 215-625-9425)
London Grill (2301-03 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545)
Townsend (1623 East Passyunk Avenue, 267-639-3203)
Tria (multiple locations across Philadelphia)